Steven Berry

Helpful votes received on reviews: 72% (31 of 43)
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 203,987 - Total Helpful Votes: 31 of 43
Now is the Time ~ The Jeff Lorber Fusion
Now is the Time ~ The Jeff Lorber Fusion
4.0 out of 5 stars open mind needed, 8 Jan 2014
At first I was disappointed that classic early Lorber was being milked and rehashed - I mean girly vocals over Curtains and Rain Dance!! So I left it a while and tried to approach it constructively. Given a chance, it stands up on its own. The versions of Black Ice and Chinese Medicinal Herbs are simply what JL might play live so my accusation of 're-hash' doesn't stand up. For fans, it's worth having but there may be better introductions to JL and JL Fusion.
Saxophone Colossus ~ Sonny Rollins
Saxophone Colossus ~ Sonny Rollins
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5.0 out of 5 stars colossus indeed, 8 Jan 2014
Many include this is the top 10 Jazz albums of all time and it has that same quality as Kind of Blue, Time out and so on where it feels live, at that very moment, in your living room. It is vital, feels alive. Rollins' techniques and style stand out and the supporting musicians are spot-on. Worth it, tho you can also get it as part of an 8 CD set which would make it bargain of the decade.
Jazz & Bossa ~ Ron Carter
Jazz & Bossa ~ Ron Carter
5.0 out of 5 stars real understanding, 8 Jan 2014
RC, a giant of jazz was recently at Ronnie Scott's and my son and I both agreed that the bossa numbers he did really hit the spot. We saw 'wave' on Youtube (Joe Pass and Oscar P) and decided to buy this. There are classics but also original compositions. If you love spacious arrangements of Bossa Nova then you should like this. Sometimes I feel Bossa's been done to death as everyone has a go but this was refreshing. It's a bit pricey tho...